Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Julie Forbes Holmquist

Julie Forbes Holmquist, 67, died May 7, 2008, in Boise, Idaho.

Julie was a dedicated mother of two daughters and a loyal friend. She was an active member of the community, and her generosity and good spirit were evident to all. Elegant and graceful, her sense of style was as effortless as it was consistent.

The daughter of William and Ann Forbes, Julie was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 1940. In her early youth, Julie lived in New York City and Scarsdale, N.Y. The family returned from New York to San Marino, Calif., where she spent the majority of her school years, graduating from San Marino High School in 1958. She then earned a degree in education from the University of Oregon.

Julie married John Leonard Holmquist in 1965. They first lived in Newport Beach, Calif., where she taught fourth grade. She left the teaching profession when their first child, Holly Ann, was born in 1971. While in Newport Beach, Julie was active in the Junior League and other charitable organizations.

Throughout her life, Julie had a great love of the outdoors. A fall camping trip with her husband to Ketchum in 1971 introduced them to the joys of life in Idaho. Because of this experience, they moved to Ketchum in 1972, and lived here through 1974 when they moved to Boise.

Their second daughter, Allison Christine, was born in 1976. Subsequent moves eventually took them to Laguna Beach, Calif., where her daughters graduated from high school.

The lure of the Wood River Valley brought Julie back to Ketchum after her marriage ended in 1996. She renewed old friendships and participated in various organizations and community activities. Julie found great happiness in her new and old friends. Equally fulfilling was her work for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and mentorship of a child in the Blaine County Lunch Buddy Program.

Julie's love for her daughters knew no limits. She was greatly loved by her family and friends. Her memory will live with us always.

She is survived by her daughters, Holly Ann Holmquist of San Francisco and Allison Holmquist Remington of Boise.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Julie's honor to the Blaine County Lunch Buddy Program (contact Jeanette McIlhenny, Hailey Elementary School).

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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